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Central Market's Poblano-Cilantro Pesto

Yield Makes 1 3/4 cups
Central Market is headquartered in Austin. You can also find locations in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Plano, and San Antonio. This unique pesto is fabulous served in or as a topping for fajitas or quesadillas.

Ingredients

  • 4 poblano chile peppers
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt

How to Make It

  1. Place peppers on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.

  2. Broil 5 inches from heat about 5 minutes on each side or until blistered.

  3. Place peppers in a zip-top plastic bag; seal and let stand 10 minutes to loosen skins. Peel peppers; remove and discard seeds.

  4. Process peppers and remaining ingredients in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Store pesto in refrigerator up to 1 week.

  5. Note: Poblano peppers are dark green, tapered chile peppers, about 3 inches wide and 4 to 5 inches long. You can find them in the produce section of your grocery store.

Southern Living Favorites; Central Market, Austin, Texas